Once admitted to the program, mothers can expect to receive individual support that’s tailored to their family’s needs. The approach we use is one of guidance that’s respectful of the family’s motivations and of the pace at which they are interested in adopting certain behaviours.
|Support for mothers and families is offered by an OLO worker. Workers are most often women and mainly nutritionists, nurses or social workers.|
|OLO follow-up care begins with a nutritional assessment to identify women who have special risks aside from food insecurity (ex. gestational diabetes).|
|Following sessions include education about the link between the mother’s diet and the baby’s health and about healthy eating habits. During these sessions, mothers are also given OLO food vouchers and prenatal multivitamins.|
|OLO vouchers are provided for a period of up to 28 weeks, for women who deliver at full term (40 weeks).|
|Families may receive a toolkit developed by Fondation OLO to promote healthy eating.|
|Support may continue after the baby is born, to continue learning healthy eating habits.|
|Follow-up care sessions are generally held every 2 or 4 weeks.|
|OLO vouchers are redeemable in most Quebec stores that sell OLO foods (grocery, convenience and drug stores). To learn more, read the OLO vouchers: “How do they work?“ section.|
Can you mail me the vouchers?
No. Food vouchers are only given during the OLO follow-up care sessions. The positive impact of the OLO intervention is based on both the foods distributed and the needs-based nutritional support provided to expectant mothers.
Can I get vouchers after giving birth?
Fondation OLO’s recommendation is that vouchers be given during pregnancy, because the benefits of the OLO program are proven for that period.
OLO: Much more than vouchers
Fondation OLO offers more than food vouchers. Its goal is to empower parents to take action on their child’s eating behaviours, thanks to educational tools and professional advice. We believe in the importance of early action in children’s lives, to offer them better chances of success in the future.